Data for: Zircon U-Pb, Geochemical and Isotopic Constraints on the Age and Origin of A- and I-type Granites and Gabbro-Diorites from NW Iran: Implication for Continental Crust Growth

Published: 26-04-2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/v49fzvnptw.1
Hadi Shafaii Moghadam


The continental crust of NW Iran is intruded by Late Cretaceous I-type granites and gabbro-diorites as well as Paleocene A-type granites. SIMS and LA-ICPMS U-Pb analyses of zircons yield ages of 100-92 Ma (Late Cretaceous) for I-type granites and gabbro-diorites and 61-63 Ma (Paleocene) for A-type granites. Late Cretaceous gabbro-diorites (including mafic microgranular enclaves; MMEs) from NW Iran show variably evolved signatures. They show depletion in Nb and Ta on N-MORB-normalized trace element spider-diagrams and have high Th/Yb ratios, suggesting their precursor magmas were generated in a subduction-related environment. Gabbro-diorites have variable zircon εHf(t) values of +1.2 to +8, δ18O of 6.4 to 7.4 ‰ and bulk rock εNd(t) of -1.4 to ~ +4.9. The geochemical and isotopic data attest to melting of subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) to generate near-primitive gabbros with radiogenic Nd isotope (εNd(t)= ~ +4.9) and high Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios, similar to mantle melts (Nb/Ta~17 and Zr/Hf~38). These mafic melts underwent further fractionation and mixing with crustal melts to generate Late Cretaceous evolved gabbro-diorites. Geochemical data for I-type granites indicate both Nb-Ta negative and positive anomalies along with enrichment in light REEs. These rocks are peraluminous and have variable bulk-rock εNd(t) (-1.4 to +1.3), zircon εHf(t) (+2.8 to +10.4) and δ18O (4.7-7.3 ‰) values, but radiogenic bulk rock Pb isotopes. The geochemical and isotopic signature of these granites suggest interaction of mantle-derived mafic magmas (similar to near-primitive Oshnavieh gabbros) with middle-upper crust through assimilation-fractional crystallization (AFC) to produce Late Cretaceous I-type granites. Paleocene A-type granites have distinct geochemical features compared to I-type granitoids, including enrichment in Nb-Ta, high bulk rock εNd(t) (+3.3 to +3.9) and zircon εHf(t) (+5.1- +9.9) values. Alkaline granites are ferroan; they have low MgO, CaO, Sr, Ba and Eu concentrations and high total Fe2O3, K2O, Na2O, Al2O3, Ga, Zr, Nb-Ta, Th and rare earth element (REE) abundances and Ga/Al ratios. These rocks might be related to fractionation of a melt resulting from a sub-continental lithospheric mantle, but with interaction with asthenosphere-derived melts. We suggest that subduction initiation and the resultant slab roll-back caused extreme extension in the overlying Iranian plate, induced convection in the mantle wedge and led to the compression melting of SCLM. Rising mantle-derived magmas assimilated middle-upper crust. Fractionating mantle-derived magmas and contamination with crustal components produced evolved gabbro-diorites and I-type granites. In contrast, asthenosphere upwelling during Paleocene provided heat and melt for melting of- and interacting with SCLM to generate A-type granite precursor melts.